The Hometown Media Awards is the Foundation of the ACM’s yearly awards program. It is established to honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Proceeds go to ACM Foundation which is exclusively used for facilitating, preserving and promoting education in community media.
Each year thousands of entries are submitted. These entries, or programs, are both submitted and evaluated on several factors resulting in over 150+ award winners. A panel of judges  evaluates the entries from the industry. Awards are presented to the most creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

The Hometown Media Awards Celebration is the award presentation for winners. The award is a beautiful plaque personalized with the name of the producer, title of the program, and the category for which it won. The Hometown Media Awards Celebration is held in summer at the ACM Annual Conference.